The intensity in the Allen Fieldhouse stands certainly didn't match the fever pitch of Saturday's overtime victory over then-No. 1-ranked Florida in Las Vegas.
In fact, about 2,000 fans were disguised as empty seats Tuesday night for the Jayhawks' historic 83-32 drubbing of Dartmouth - a game which featured the lowest point total by a foe in the tradition-rich building's history.
Still, no Jayhawks were complaining after improving their record to 6-1 and dropping the outmanned Ivy League team to 0-6.
"It was cool," freshman power forward Darrell Arthur said after tying Darnell Jackson for top-scoring honors with 13 points, as well as grabbing eight rebounds in 19 minutes.
"Both games were fun. Florida was probably the hardest game I've played in my life and the most fun, too."
The Dartmouth drilling was all about defense.
In fact, Dartmouth's 32 points were the fewest allowed to an opponent in Lawrence since Idaho State potted 28 on Dec. 11, 1946, in Hoch Auditorium. Overall, Dartmouth's 32 points were the fewest by a KU foe since Oklahoma State's 27-point total on March 10, 1951, in Stillwater, Okla.
"I may have told the guys beforehand this is what we are looking for defensively. If you don't do that, you may not play as much," coach Bill Self said. "We wanted to make sure guys understand how important it is.
"I think our defense played fine even though they did not have a lot of offensive weapons they could throw at us," Self added of a Dartmouth team missing five injured players who combined to average 21 points a game in seven starts.
There were all sorts of defensive marks for KU media-relations officials to look up in the record books after the 51-point victory, which tied for 18th biggest blowout in Jayhawk history.
Dartmouth scored its fewest points since a 28-point outing in February of 1990 at Princeton.
The Big Green had just 13 points the first half, the fewest points in a half by a KU foe since Missouri State totaled 13 on Dec. 30, 2000.
Dartmouth's five first-half field goals were fewest since Colorado hit five on March 1, 2006. Dartmouth, which hit 25 percent of its shots (lowest since Kentucky's 24.2 mark on Jan. 7, 2006), didn't record a second-half field goal until Alex Barnett's layup at 12:05.
The Big Green finished with 12 field goals. Lowest total by a foe since 1950 is Nebraska's 10 field goals in 1961 in Lincoln.
"We did what we had to do," Arthur said. "Before the game, I told myself I need to start to go to the glass more, be aggressive and get every rebound."
KU won the board battle, 52-23. Arthur grabbed eight and Jackson 11.
"Dartmouth's front line was not (Joakim) Noah, (Al) Horford and (Chris) Richard," Self said. "It was good to be out there to work on our zone offense a bit, be sound defensively. We know it'll be different Saturday (for next game at DePaul)."
The Jayhawks were aware Dartmouth was ailing.
"They were not at full strength. It might have been closer if they were," Arthur said.
Asked if he felt sorry for the foe, though, he said: "Nah, just try to kill 'em more."
As to what he told his team after the rout, Self indicated: "Good job. Everybody got a chance to play (11 of 12 players scored). You should feel good about yourself. Go to class."